Learning Collaborative

NASUAD is seeking applicants for the Business Acumen Learning Collaborative. This effort is led by the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) in partnership with nine other national organizations. The purpose of the Learning Collaborative is to bring together eight (8) to ten (10) state “teams” comprised of state agencies, community-based organizations  (CBO) serving persons with disabilities (physical and/or intellectual or developmental), integrated healthcare entities  and other organizations to work together to develop and implement business-related strategies to state-specific challenges to integrating long term services and supports and healthcare services. This work will focus on developing the business acumen of CBOs so that they are prepared to work within a changing business environment.

Those participating in the learning collaborative will benefit from intense and ongoing technical assistance and support. No direct funding will be provided through this initiative; rather, this collaborative will deliver targeted technical assistance through a variety of different means. The types of technical assistance delivered will be customized to the learning collaborative based on the goals and needs of the participating state teams. In addition to the technical assistance received, state teams will work collaboratively with the Business Acumen Resource Center to continuously make summary materials and “lessons learned” available for the community through the Business Acumen website.

State teams must* include:

  • A Medicaid agency or any operating agency that serves individuals with disabilities including physical and/or intellectual & developmental disabilities
  • CBOs serving individuals with disabilities including physical and/or intellectual & developmental disabilities

In addition, learning collaborative teams may also include:

  • Integrated healthcare entities, such as:
    • Managed Care Organizations
    • Accountable Care Organizations
    • Health homes, health systems or hospitals
    • Other organizations responsible for the delivery, coordination or payment of acute or primary health care
  • CBOs serving older adults or other specified populations or needs
  • Other organizations that will help strengthen the business acumen of CBOs and delivery of services and supports to individuals with disabilities, including:
    • University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education
    • Developmental Disabilities Councils
    • Independent Living Councils
    • Protection & Advocacy Organizations
    • Behavioral Health Organizations
    • Faith-Based Organizations
    • State specific advocacy groups
    • Complementary services (e.g. law practices, accounting firms, etc.)
    • Other…

Application materials include:

Applications must be submitted electronically via email to businessacumen@nasuad.org by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, by Friday, July 14, 2017.

On Friday, June 30th, 2017, NASUAD hosted an informational webinar for interested applicants. Click the links below to view the PowerPoint slides and a recording of the webinar. 

PowerPoint Slides
Recording of the Webinar 

Disability Network Learning Collaborative Application Office Hours

Is your state agency or organization applying to be a part of the Disability Business Acumen Learning Collaborative? Have questions about the application process? Looking for feedback on the opportunity (or challenge) you’d like to focus on?  If so, then please plan to join us on Monday, July 10th from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT) or Wednesday, July 12th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EDT) for a Question and Answer call-in session hosted by the Disability Business Acumen Resource Center. With no set agenda, representatives from the Resource Center will be on hand to answer your questions and provide feedback as you develop your Learning Collaborative application. 

If you would like to pose a question or just listen in to the discussion, please e-mail businessacumen@nasuad.org to register, submit your question(s) and receive the call-in information. Have a question, but can't make it to either of the call-in sessions? Send it to businessacumen@nasuad.org – in addition to receiving an individual response, frequently asked questions and responses will be posted to the Disability Business Acumen Resource Center website. 


* In rare circumstances, a state agency may be unable to participate due to resources. An application for a state team without a state agency as a participant will only be considered if that state provides a letter of support indicating their familiarity and support of the proposed project. This letter must be attached to the application. A clear description of strategies to engage the state agency throughout the project period must also be included in the Project Narrative. Preference will be given to teams with a state agency actively engaged in the work.